The Supreme Court fixed May 15 to deliver its verdict on appeals filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the state challenging the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
On Wednesday, a four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain set the date, as the hearing came to an end.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam moved for the state while Khaleda’s lawyer former attorney general AJ Mohammad Ali moved for her and Lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan moved for Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court began the hearing Tuesday (May 8). It was adjourned on the same day and resumed Wednesday.
The High Court on March 12 granted four-month bail to BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, in which the former prime minister has been sentenced to five years imprisonment.
But on March 19, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed till May 8 the High Court order, granting two leave to appeal petitions filed by the ACC and the state against the bail.
The Appellate Division also asked the state, ACC and the defence to submit the concise statements on their respective appeals in the case within two weeks and set May 8 for holding hearing on the matter.
Earlier on February 22, the High Court asked Dhaka Special Judge Court-5, which convicted Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, to send the case documents within 15 days.
Dhaka Special Judge Court-5 on February 8 convicted Khaleda Zia and five others in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
It also sentenced other five accused, including Khaleda's elder son and BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman, to 10-year imprisonment each.
The other accused are former lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal, businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, Dr Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, and Khaleda's nephew Mominur Rahman. The court also fined the convicts Taka 2.10 crore each for their role in the scam.